The Moment of Empire
A discussion of the rise and fall of hyperpowers. Drawing on comparative historical case studies, Chua provide a unique perspective on the importance of tolerance in the ascent to power and the emergence of intolerance in the period of decline.
In a little over two centuries, America has grown from a regional power to a superpower, and to what is today called a hyperpower. But can America retain its position as the world’s dominant power, or has it already begun to decline?
Historians have debated the rise and fall of empires for centuries. To date, however, no one has studied the far rarer phenomenon of hyperpowers – those few societies that amassed such extraordinary military and economic might that they essentially dominated the world.
Now, in this sweeping history of globally dominant empires, Amy Chua explains how hyperpowers rise and why they fall.